I don’t know why I’m even mentioning this, other than I need to get this off my chest, and my Facebook feed is filled with photos of those bearded doofi and calls to boycott A&E.
If you’ve been living under a rock, the flap is over some show on A&E called Duck Dynasty (which I never watch), because the guy starring in it (who looks like a scarier version of Willie Nelson), who is apparently some really successful businessman, but looks like he lives in a rundown trailer in the middle of the Ozarks, said some ignorant shit about gays, so A&E suspended this redneck owing largely to a whole lot of screeching on the part of gay groups and advocates.
Point 1: What he said was absolutely ignorant and repulsive. He went on a rant about how vaj > anus, and how homosexuality is something akin to bestiality.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina…would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Phil Robertson told the magazine.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there: bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that women and those men…it’s not right,” he’s quoted as saying.
Classless. Stupid. Repulsive. All of the above. For someone who is supposed to be a successful businessman, this Duck Dynasty fellow is sure ignorant about human relationships. It’s as if he thinks relationships are all about where you stick your penis. Additionally, comparing a sexual act between two consenting (human) adults to animal cruelty and abuse (and essentially comparing both human beings to animals merely because of whom they choose to love) – let’s just say it’s not exactly Christian, as this Duck guy claims to be.
But hey – whatever. It’s his views, and I’m not out to change them.
Point 2: Duck guy is a celebrity, and he represents his show, and by extension his employer A&E. The “vaj>ass” remarks were simply in bad taste, and reflected poorly on his employer. I’m not A&E, nor am I GLAAD or any other homosexual advocacy group, but I would venture an educated guess that had Robertson said “I’m a Christian, and my beliefs are that homosexuality is a sin,” I doubt there would have been much to suspend him for. But no… he had to venture into “gays = beasts” territory, which makes him seem ignorant and crass in the eyes of a lot of people.
Point 3: Robertson’s suspension from A&E has NOTHING to do with his First Amendment rights. The First Amendment protects individuals and groups speech and expression from government prosecution and persecution. It certainly does not protect them from the consequences, which include job loss, and outcry from others when they say something stupid. In other words, Duck guy has every right to air his views about gays, dogs, adulterers or anything else, but he’s not free from the consequences of his words. No one is jailing him for speaking out about his views. No one is imposing fines on him. He’s free to speak and continue speaking. And his employer is free to end the association if need be.
Point 4: Robertson has no right to a job. A&E is and should be free to suspend him, fire him, etc. should the network feel it necessary, for whatever reason. If what Robertson said impacts the station negatively and impacts its bottom line, it should have the right to get rid of him. Again, Duck dude is not free from the consequences of his actions.
People screeching about his First Amendment rights should understand this.
Point 5: Come on, GLAAD! It’s some redneck on some reality show! It’s not like you’re being hanged for being gay in Iran! Get some perspective. Get an enema. Don’t watch the show. Don’t watch the channel. Boycott whatever advertisers that show has. But understand that everyone has a point of view, and while society in general is a lot more accepting of gays and lesbians, not everyone is going to accept you. Sorry, but it’s true. You can’t force people to change their opinions, and you shouldn’t. I know not everyone is going to like me, because I’m a ginger… or because I was born a Jew… or because I’m an atheist. I know many Christians who tell me I’m going to hell. So what? If I took everything they say about me seriously, I’d be rotting in a mental institution by now, drooling on myself and excited for my next lithium pill.
In other words, chill the hell out!
All of you.
It’s a redneck on a reality show voicing his opinion in a pretty ignorant manner, not some plot to imprison you for your lifestyle!
I was pretty vocal in my defense of Dan Cathy in the Chick-fil-A flap, because the chain really was persecuted by local and state officials in some areas for its owner merely voicing his opinion. I don’t agree with his views on marriage, but he’s Christian and he’s entitled to voice them without fat, drooling shitbags like Menino in Boston trying to hinder his livelihood because of them.
In this case, Duck guy has no right to a job. His employer is a private employer and has every right to fire him.
So, please – stop yammering on about his rights being violated! All that has happened is that the guy said some pretty ignorant shit in public and his employer decided to end the association. That’s it. Get over it.
Rob and I have the misfortune of having Jim Moran as our Congressman.
Recently Moran participated in a photo campaign to oppose laws that prevent gays from marrying. The NOH8 Campaign is described as a “photographic silent protest” organized in response to the 2008 passage of Proposition 8, which invalidated the recognition of same-sex marriage in California.
I’ve said before that I support marriage equality – I don’t believe the government should interfere in what is essentially a personal decision between two people who love one another to spend their lives together. It’s not up to any government to acknowledge or sanction this relationship.
So I don’t have a problem with his participation in the campaign.
I’m just wondering if we could keep the duct tape there permanently.
I don’t watch TV, so I didn’t know about this, but apparently there’s some pizza shop owner who bear hugged the President. Why it’s important, I have no idea, but apparently, people are boycotting his shop.
Why, I don’t know. Is it because he’s an Obama supporter? Is it because he enveloped the President in a bear hug?
“People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant,” Scott Van Duzer, 46, told POLITICO. “There’s no middle line anymore, and that’s exactly what’s wrong with our country right now.”
Judging by the comments after the Politico story, people are appalled that Republicans would boycott a business supportive of Obama and his policies. Here’s a sampling:
This is exactly what Clinton spoke about. The Tea Party ‘hates Obama’, they are obsessed. People are beginning to see the GOP for what it really is, a party with confusing to no plans (now Romney wants to replace Obamacare with Obamacare) but full with irrational hate. Clinton’s devastating logic was this ‘America was losing 750,000 jobs a month, are we better off today?’. Really liked that line and it is beginning to resonate.
This is what republicans have done for the last four years…they have physically kicked out any republican who hugged, shook hands with and spoke nicely of the President. Regardless of your politics, he is a small business owner, the ones “they” say they want to help.
Wow, people are boycotting this guy because he hugged President Obama? That is a pretty sad reflection of the right-wing in this country today.
I could see why Republicans would be boycotting his pizza shop, because they are idiots and somebody told them to do it. I think that if you are a Democrat in Florida, you should pay a visit there, so that Bain Capital doesn’t get anywhere close to that Business.
Wow. How stupid. People boycotting this guy’s pizza joint because of his political views. Terrible.
I wonder how many of the more than 1000 supporters of this pizza shop spoke up about the mass boycotts of Chick-Fil-A based on nothing more than the views of the CEO…